Pathways to Leadership ~ Get Involved

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter is the largest chapter in the United States and the second-largest domestic chapter in the world. We have over 700 members who represent a broad spectrum of professional experience, diverse organizations, and personal and cultural backgrounds. As an individual, if you’re looking to expand your network, enhance your not-for-profit skills, or just meet fellow fundraisers, this is the organization for you. If you’re a company looking to reach a diverse and highly educated audience then you should be doing business with the AFP Chicago Chapter. There are numerous opportunities to get involved, so please take a few minutes to explore your possibilities.

Interested in Service on the 2021 AFP Chicago Board of Directors?

The AFP Chicago Committee on Directorship invites the development community to consider future service on the Board of Directors.  Strong leadership is a hallmark of AFP Chicago and we encourage highly motivated and committed members to consider volunteering for board service.

Who are we looking for?
AFP Chicago seeks directors who are committed to the non-profit sector and to advancing philanthropy in the organizations and communities they represent.  Directors are committed to ethical practice, donor rights, and other tenets of AFP International, and are strongly committed to embracing the diversity that makes up our greater Chicagoland community.

We seek nominees who:

  • Are active AFP members (Chicago or other chapters) and demonstrate membership during at least two (2) of the past three (3) years; or demonstrate substantial AFP Chicago committee responsibility during the past two (2) years;
    • Have strong leadership and service orientation, interests and experiences;
    • Serve a cross-section of Chicago’s diverse communities; and
    • Represent diversity of professional focus, age, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and geography.

The application for the 2021 Board of Directors is available below, and also contains information on eligibility criteria and the responsibilities of service.  New applicants should download and submit completed application, including a copy of their resume or corporate bio, by August 24, 2020.  For more information, please contact Morgan Collier, Chair, Committee on Directorship, at [email protected] or Pamela Williams, CAE, Executive Director, at [email protected]

AFP Chicago Board of Directors Application


Volunteer for AFP Chicago - Join a Committee

As a member of AFP Chicago, there’s no better way to give back to the chapter or the not-for-profit profession than by volunteering for one of AFP Chicago’s committees. Joining a committee is a great opportunity to expand your network and share your skills to advance the fundraising profession as well as learn new practices from your colleagues. For those members with an interest in a particular sector of the philanthropic community, the chapter offers the opportunity to participate in one of our special interest group networks.

Committees are always accepting new members. To get involved right away and ensure maximum participation as a committee member, please complete and submit your Committee Interest Form. Join your chapter colleagues who have chosen to advance their networks and careers while enhancing member programs and services. Make an investment in your profession and yourself.





Member Engagement Committee

This committee is responsible for developing strategies and activities that provide a meaningful connection with members and the philanthropic community. This includes the development of networking events and socials.

Kimberly Vann (Co-Chair)
Susan M. Zellner (Co-Chair)


Peer Mentoring

This committee recruits both mentors and protégés, reviews applications and assigns pairings, creates and monitors mentor relationships, and creates related programming opportunities for protégés and mentors.

Christopher Chantson (Co-Chair)
Jennifer Dettloff, CFRE (Co-Chair)


Continuous Learning Committee

This committee meets year-round to plan educational breakfasts/luncheons, special educational programs such as the Fundamentals of Fundraising and other franchised programs; webinars and joint ventures with other related groups; and Development Day Chicago as appropriate. This includes strategy, theme and topic development, speaker selection and recruitment, and leadership at the events.

Dottie Bris-Bois (Chair)


Volunteer Committee Interest Form